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Testimony is expected Tuesday before the House Finance Committee on Governor Gina Raimondo’s proposed fiscal 2019 budget for the state's Department of Children, Youth and Families. 

The child-welfare agency was the subject of two scathing reports last year, by the Office of the State Child Advocate, for its handling of cases involving children who were seriously injured or died in its care.

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The Rhode Island Association of School Principals says there is confusion among administrators about reporting allegations of abuse in their schools.


Two private foundations announced Thursday donations totaling $95,000 to support Rhode Island’s efforts to expand the state’s foster care system.


The head of the state Department of Children, Youth and Families testified before state lawmakers Monday. This comes after the deaths of several children under state supervision.

In the last several months there have been four infant deaths and two near fatalities of children known to state DCYF. Following that, the state office of the Child Advocate issued a report outlining steps DCYF should take to keep children safer.

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The state Senate Committee on Health and Human Services will hear testimony Monday about the deaths of children under state care.

RI DCYF Reports Another Near-Fatality

May 4, 2017
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The state Department of Children, Youth, and Families is reporting another near-fatality of a child – this time a 16-month-old in Providence.

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After the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families notified the Office of the Child Advocate of the near- deaths of two infants, the agency is reconvening a Child Fatality Review Panel. The panel will consist of OCA employees and other childcare experts.  

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A foster home for teenagers is under investigation by the Department of Children, Youth, and Families after an employee was arrested for assaulting a resident. 

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The recent 38 Studios lawsuit disclosures have provided an inside view of how Rhode Island state government let you down. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay points to other state agencies in dire need of oversight.